Friday, September 30, 2011

Harvest Time

My husband grows a great garden.  It is something he really enjoys and I enjoy having a summer full of fresh organic produce.  I also love having a bunch of leftover produce to put up for the winter.  This summer we have kept busy freezing snow peas, green beans, and corn.  We also just recently put up a few batches of tomatoes.  I use these in all sorts of recipes and I am hoping to be able to put up a few more batches before it gets too cold and the tomatoes stop producing.  If you are afraid of canning, because you think it is too difficult or takes too much time, you should definitely start with tomatoes.  Using the cold pack method, it goes very quickly and is easy to do.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Zucchini Cake

Okay, I realize that zucchini season is coming to a close, but during the height of it, I tried this zucchini cake recipe. It was really good and if you are a fan of carrot cake, I am pretty sure you will like it. Plus, it is another way to use all that zucchini.

Zucchini Cake

1 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
3 large eggs
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon soda
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 cups shredded zucchini
2 cups all purpose flour

Preheat oven to 350. Grease bottom and sides of 13 x 9 pan or two 8 or 9 inch pans. Flour lightly.
Beat all ingredients except flour and zucchini in a large bowl. Add flour and stir just until combined. Stir in zucchini. Pour into prepared pan(s). Bake rectangle for 40 to 45 minutes or rounds 30 to 35 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool completely and frost with cream cheese frosting. Store in the refrigerator.

Cream Cheese Frosting

8 oz cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup butter
2 to 3 teaspoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 cups powdered sugar
Beat cream cheese, butter, milk and vanilla until smooth.  Gradually beat in powdered sugar until smooth and spreadable.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Cookies & Milk Invitations

We had a girls night RS activity at church last month. Basically, this is a mother/daughter activity, but since I have all sons, I am a little sensitive to calling it that, since you really don't have to bring a daughter to attend, and we were hoping that all our sisters would feel welcome whether they had a daughter to bring or not. It was a fun night with a few rounds of Bingo and prizes and then homemade cookies and milk. It was a fun night and I think all the ladies and girls had a good time. I wanted to share these cute invitations I made. I would not recommend doing them on such a large scale, they took forever, but for a smaller party, they are cute and fun. I downloaded this template from Belle's printables, (it's free!) assembled the cartons, wrapped them in red paper, added the party info, and then filled them with cookie crisp. The boxes were then secured shut with a ribbon. Everyone seemed to think they were really cute and that I was really crazy for making so many. I have to say that I agree with them.

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